One night's review

Reviewed by rdtindsm from small town Iowa on Sunday, August 10, 2014
Disclaimer: Based on limited use, but I probably won't use this tent until next year, same place, same time, and I like to see myself type.

Most of my tent use is for use on a cross-state bicycle ride. Conditions range the gamut of Midwestern summer weather including the winds and rain of night time thunderstorms. I bough the similar tent, limelighter 3, because I lost the poles to my previous tent which was ideally suited to my needs. I purchased it from a local outfitter because I needed it NOW. The tents are similar desight, but the Limelighter has much more close woven polyester fabric while still having a substantial amount of netting fabric in the top part

We had one of those thunderstorms that night. The tent passed with flying colors. I was dry, the tent was solid even as lesser tents were losing flys, even though I used none of the extra tie-downs.

PROS: Pitches easily; pitches tautly. 2 10 sq.ft vestibules. The cross poles to hold the fly and pull up the front and rear walls increase usable space because the walls are more vertical. Includes quick pitch ground cloth for fly only use.

CONS: The included gear loft won't hold much more than pocket items. The four pockets in the corners hold even less.

My old tent had a large front vestibule (about 20 sq. ft) that could be used to shelter another sleeper. It had a brow ridge across the vestibule that allowed the flap to be merely allow egress to fully opened with three levels of ventilation. although the rear vestibule didn't do much more than shelter boots. I could store my fully assembled bike and duffel, leaving the tent floor for my self. Had room to take a bucket bath. The marmot tent has as much total vestibule space, but splitting limits usability.

Summation: A search of the internet convinced me that I would have bought this same tent even with a larger range of choices. Am satisfied and would reccomend.
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